Northern New Hampshire has an extensive network of logging roads and untamed lands. Located in these lands are a few high-rated waterfalls. Several are located on Dartmouth College-owned property, and are off-limits to non-students, faculty or alumni. Luckily for the rest of us, gems such as Garfield Falls are very welcoming.
This waterfall is the premier waterfall of this region. At 40 feet, the falls drop into a wild and scenic gorge—one of New Hampshire’s best and a photographers playground. Smaller cascades and rapids continue downstream. Allocate a few hours for this waterfall as you will not want to leave.
From the parking area, continue straight ahead for a few feet and you should spot the trail on your left. Follow this relatively easy trail for 0.25 miles and you will get your first glimpse of the falls on your left from the opposite end of the gorge. A well-used trail continues down to the base of the river and passes other small cascades.
Directions for this particular waterfall are not posted online. Please see directions in our published guidebook, New England Waterfalls: A Guide to More Than 400 Cascades And Waterfalls, or you can email us and we will happily provide them to you. When requesting directions via email, please remember to specify which particular waterfall(s) you are looking for directions to.
SPECIAL NOTES / UPDATES SINCE THE 2ND EDITION:
We are hearing reports that the dirt road near the trailhead was damaged by Hurricane Irene. Be prepared to leave your car and walk the final 0.25 along the dirt road to the old trailhead.